• With Child by Andy Martin
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    With Child by Andy Martin (Review)

    Yesterday, about half an hour after I read the last line of With Child by Andy Martin–Lee Child saying, ‘I’m with Kakfa – the meaning of life is that it ends.’–I sat down to write a piece about Wayne Holloway’s debut novel, Bindlestiff. My mind still swirling with the world I had been immersed in over the past week with its discussions about crime and ‘crime’, about writing practices and the truth of fiction, about the death of the author, metaphorical or otherwise, dying (there was an almost morbid preoccupation with this, if I’m being honest)…and, well, reading all the…

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
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    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Review)

    Imagine a deadly lightning-fast virus that decimates 99% of the world’s population without warning. Imagine surviving such a cataclysmic event and having to adjust to a world nothing like anyone has ever known. Flung back in time, before electricity and planes and antibiotics and the internet. Except, this is nothing like time travel. Not when many of the survivors remember exactly what it was like. Remember everyone they lost. Remember the world before the end of civilisation as we all know it. The story begins dramatically, literally and thematically. In Toronto’s Elgin Theatre, during a performance of King Lear, aging…

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    Texas Forever, Six: Why Friday Night Lights still means so much to me

    (This was originally published on Sabotage Times back in 2013, but I’ve since edited it. I’m overwhelmed by the continued number of comments on the piece by fellow fans from around the world. Goes to show the impact of this series and how time and place and culture doesn’t matter when it comes to something as universal as being human) Texas Forever, Six. It doesn’t mean much when Tim Riggins says it to Jason Street (best friend, star quarterback, jersey number 6) in the pilot when you barely know the characters. But the same thing uttered by Riggs (and brother…

  • A Tale Of Two Cities
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    Writing in 2016

    2016 has been another good year for me and my writing, and I’m grateful to all the platforms that were willing to publish my work. From flash fiction to short stories to prose and found poems to football pieces and book reviews, there’s a bit of everything in there. Features Capote’s Christmas. Published on Thresholds (http://thresholds.chi.ac.uk/capotes-christmas) – a recommendation of Truman Capote’s short story, A Christmas Memory One of the featured writers for Ink In Third’s Feature Friday series (https://inkinthirds.com/2016/07/22/featurefriday-anushree-nande) Mirror Mirror on the Screen:What Fairytale Adaptations Say About Us. Published on Huffington Post (https://goo.gl/1Zclnz) – a look at fairytales,…

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    My year in books (2016)

    With a few weeks still to go in 2016 (I’m currently reading The Sportswriter by Richard Ford), a count of 54 books read so far this year isn’t the worst number to end with. After starting the year off in style at the Jaipur Literary Festival (my first experience that you can read all about on my Huffington Post blog), 2016 involved me reading new works from old favourites (Lee Child, Cornelia Funke, Rick Riordan), even as I explored in more detail authors I’d first read over the last two years and loved (Neil Gaiman, Amy Tan, Anita Shreve, Maggie…

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